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Posted by Ru

February 21st 2011

This isn't really a question. I just wanted to say your book that has gone up for the cov book awards was really good. I am voting for it to win and I hope it does and maybe we'll see you this year. It has been a really popular book at school and if it doesn't win it will be so unjust and I'll be gutted because I have voted for it over hundreds of times by now. Anyway good luck, I look forward to more of your teen books. As a writer I am inspired :)

William Nicholson responded:

Thanks for the support, and I look forward to the result.

Posted by Nathaniel

February 21st 2011

Dear Mr. Nicholson, 1. The first thing I want to ask, as I truly dream of one day apprenticing under Daniel Sullivan, How was it to work with him? Can you talk a bit about the rehearsal process? Were you considerably present at rehearsals? How did he help shape your play? He truly is a wizard at dramaturgy. 2. What kind of revisions are you planning to make to the RFM play? 3. Are there really serious plans of filming Le's Miserables in the near future?! (as a teenager I was crazy about that musical) And now, coming to the reason I am writing you : I don't know why it occurred to me just now, as opposed to all the rest of times I thought of Shadowlands ; did you ever think of giving permission to turn it into a musical? Obviously only a true master could do it justice, but it does truly sing; it sings of true and soaring love at the face of illness, faith, identity and old age. I truly think it could be a great musical in the right hands. I would like to give it a go. Obviously I would be taking a huge risk, because I would not get your permission (if at all) until very late in the game, when I will have written quite a lot already - but I truly do think it can be a great piece of musical theatre, the kind that is so rare and the one I am always looking for. I would love to hear your opinion of this. I do not want to give the impression as if I am waiting for your response to start writing, pen in hand. No, I have just started to contemplate this and wanted to hear your thoughts AND ask : where can I find the play? I did not find it on Amazon nor on other websites. Can I purchase it from you? Is it still published these days? I know this is quite a lengthy letter to respond to. I will understand if you can only reply briefly and I thank you in advance for allowing for the opportunity through your website. It is always great inspiration to speak with people whose work you admire. Nathaniel

William Nicholson responded:

I'ver edited your long post, I hope you don't mind. Daniel Sullivan was indeed a joy and an honour to work with. The play was shaped a little in rehearsal, not much. I was only present at the beginning and the end. My future plans for the play involve rethinking the ending, which remains weak. Les Miserables: yes, there are serious plans to make it into a film. And your thoughts on Shadowlands: several people over the years have asked permission to turn this into a musical. My position is, as you can imagine, that I'm only happy for this to go ahead if I think the music and adaptation is good. So I'm afraid I can't give advance permission. This only applies to work designed for commercial use, of course. For yourself and your friends, anything is permitted. You can buy the play in the US edition published by Plume Drama.

Posted by Grant

February 20th 2011

Hi I just recently read the wind on fire and the noble warriors trilogies and really enjoyed them I was wondering whether you were planning to write any more fantasy books ? (please do)

William Nicholson responded:

I'm sure I will. Books take a long time, so I'm not sure when.

Posted by Miroslava

February 17th 2011

I just want to thank you for a lovely book:The Society of others. I enjoyed reading it very much and the book touched me deeply. Hope that your other novels will be published here,in Serbia. Best regards, right from the heart, Miroslava.

William Nicholson responded:

I'm pleased that at least one of them is available.

Posted by J. Potts

February 16th 2011

I loved the Secret Intensity of Everyday Life, but I'm wondering why the hardback costs £94.00 on amazon?

William Nicholson responded:

A very good question. Either it's a mistake, or the seller (someone called Elitedigitaluk in New York) reckons the hardback has become a collector's item. Happily you can get the book from Amazon new in paperback for £4, or used in paperback for 1p, which is more like it. The follow-up novel, All the Hopeful Lovers, currently only in hardback, will be out in paperback in June. And I've just finished the third in the series, The Golden Hour, and expect to see it published at the end of this year.

Posted by tammy

February 15th 2011

I have had this quote from First Knight on my desk at work for many years, "God give us the wisdom to know what is right, the courage to choose it, and the strength to make it endure." I see from my research that his may have been the actual quote you wrote: "May God grant us the wisdom to discover right, the will to choose it, and the strength to make it endure." My question is what is the actual line that you originally wrote. My follow up would be, that which ever the line, the thought is very inspiring. I should like to know if you have any favorite lines that you have wrote and why.

William Nicholson responded:

I'm afraid my memory is not up to the detail here. But it sounds like a parody of Reinhold Niebuhr's famous Serenity Prayer, 'God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.' A favourite line written by me that I can remember is 'We write to know we're not alone' from Shadowlands.